But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:41

When Preaching is Not Your Thing... (Nick Kennicott)

Pastoral ministry is exceedingly difficult; and, anyone would be hard pressed to find a pastor who hasn't entertained the thought of what life would be like if he were to do something else. Loving God, His church, and His people is a vital prerequisite for ever pastor, but if he doesn't love the...

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Written by Reformation21 Blog
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:33

Bible Reading Plan thoughts: Reading the introductions Featured

The Bible Reading Plan for today is to read Psalm 6-8. I've resolved of late to read the introductions of the passages and not skip them. Also, to read the endings and read the notes, like these in the Psalms I'm about to discuss. If all scripture is profitable, then I shouldn't skip the intros,...

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Written by The End Time
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:22

Why Critical Race adherents cannot be trusted

In the current day and age, Critical Race Theory has been put to use to supposedly correct "white privilege" and advocate for minorities. But in the quest to correct what they had perceived as a problem, half of which are legitimate and the other half an internalization of Marxism, they pushed for...

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Written by Daniel C
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:00

The Problem of the Will

We've examined the concept of "free will" before, not always with agreement, but I'd like to discuss the problem of the will. You see, if a will is to be considered free, it goes without saying that it must be allowed to choose what it wants. Sounds silly, perhaps, but surely we can all agree that...

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Written by Winging It
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:00

Fear of God Devotional: The Importance of Keeping Short Accounts in a Marriage

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What does repentance look like between a husband and a wife?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that a marriage where the husband and wife are one flesh is a relationship that is the closest human union there is. It is a picture of Christ and the Church. 

If unity between spouses is to be...

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Written by NCFIC Blog
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:00

A Calvinist Evangelist?

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If I have heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times: "A Calvinist evangelist? Isn't that an oxymoron? Calvinism undermines evangelism." This accusation has been repeated so many times that few make the effort to argue it. Instead, it is simply assumed. Never mind that some of the church's...

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Written by Keith A. Mathison
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:59

Jen Johnson’s ‘armpit reflector’ Jesus: worshiping a pagan image that can be changed by your words.

We don’t know which is worse, Jen Johnson saying what you are about to hear or the fact that Michael Koulianos thought this was a sensible interview to upload.

The question that Koulianos addressed to Jen Johnson seems reasonable.

“What is worship? And secondly, how is worship...

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Written by churchwatcher
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:35

A Thorough Guide to the Non-Canonical Gospels

image Many years ago, when I first became interested in Christianity, I encountered a book at a local bookstore entitled, The Lost Books of the Bible. As a new investigator of the claims of the New Testament, I was immediately intrigued. “What?” I thought, “There are books about Jesus...

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Written by jwallace
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:29

“But I am Not Eloquent” Featured

I often have Christians tell me that they are not able to do what I and some others do. They cannot get up and speak to a crowd, or write books and articles, or do public lobby work. And of course in one sense that is perfectly true: we are all different, and we have differing gifts and abilities...

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Written by Bill Muehlenberg
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:00

Here's How the Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel

January 17, 2018
Peek behind the curtain of some "progressive" or "hip" evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than just a contemporary worship service. You'll find faith leaders encouraging young...

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Written by TBC Staff - EN
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:00

Nuggets from Seeking and Finding God—Most Prophecy Has Already Been Fulfilled

January 17, 2018
Some biblical prophecy awaits future fulfillment: the Rapture (the catching up by Christ of all true believers to heaven), the revealing of Antichrist and the establishment of his world government,...

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Written by TBC Staff - CR
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:00

What Does the Bible Say About the Role of Government?

If you’re a political junkie, this is a fascinating week to watch the debates in and around Congress. Democrats and Republicans are wrangling with each other (and within their parties) over a spending bill, which among other items, involves a controversy surrounding immigration policy....

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Written by Dr. Art Lindsley
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:37

Culture – More Than Creation

If the word culture is to be useful, it must define something. It must name and describe a discrete phenomenon in the world. A useful definition must limit its subject, so that we could easily say what is not culture.

The problem with many definitions found in Evangelical literature is that they...

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Written by David
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:22

Ants Home School Lesson 4: Life of adult ants

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Purpose: To learn the details of the life of adult ants.

Book(s) read:

Ruth Berman Ants pages 24-33.  (Chapter 3: Body Parts)

Trevor Terry and Margaret Linton The Life Cycle of an Ant pages 20-30.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the activities of adult ants.
  2. Learn to illustrate adult...

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Written by SLIMJIM
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:03

Discouragement

George Stiekes

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?Psalm 43:5

Everyone faces discouragement at one time or another, even Christians. The psalmist David was a proven warrior. At one occasion, he claims that the Lord is the strength of his life, Of whom shall I be...

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Written by George Stiekes
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:01

A New Prophet Chosen for the LDS Church Featured

imageYesterday, a new prophet of the Mormon church was announced. Ninety-three-year-old Russell Nelson will now serve as the 17th prophet and president of the LDS faith. Nelson was set apart and ordained for the position on Sunday, January 14th, at the Salt Lake City temple. The announcement came in a...

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Written by Eric Davis
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 18; Matthew 17; Nehemiah 7; Acts 17

Genesis 18; Matthew 17; Nehemiah 7; Acts 17

ONE OF THE GREAT FAILURES into which even believers sometimes fall is the tendency to underestimate Jesus (Matt. 17:1-8).

Jesus takes the inner three of his twelve disciples — Peter, James, and John — to a high mountain, just the four of them....

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:00

How Pastors Can Model and Teach What God’s Word Says About Financial Stewardship

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How we manage God’s money is a central biblical subject of extreme importance. Hence, financial stewardship should be unapologetically addressed by Christian leaders—we who are called upon to declare “the whole counsel of God” to the people He entrusts to our care (Acts...

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Written by Randy Alcorn
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:00

Genesis 18; Matthew 17; Nehemiah 7; Acts 17

Genesis 18; Matthew 17; Nehemiah 7; Acts 17

ONE OF THE GREAT FAILURES into which even believers sometimes fall is the tendency to underestimate Jesus (Matt. 17:1-8).

Jesus takes the inner three of his twelve disciples — Peter, James, and John — to a high mountain, just the four of them....

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Written by Don Carson
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:00

The Mighty Hand of God

“That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.” (Joshua 4:24)

The testimony of Joshua to the children of Israel as they entered the promised land reminded them of the tremendous strength in...

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Written by Days of Praise from ICR
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:00

Telling the Truth about Man Featured

Evolution’s doctrine of man is fundamentally wrong on two counts. That was the diagnosis Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones delivered during an interview in 1970: “I criticize the modern view of man on two grounds. One is that it makes too much of man. Secondly, that it doesn’t make enough of...

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Written by Grace to You Blog
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:00

The Best Preacher in the World

Every church needs two preachers. We need a human preacher, one who is visible, audible, tangible. But we also need a divine preacher, one that is invisible, inaudible, and intangible. I’m speaking of the Holy Spirit, without whom the work of the human preacher is in vain.

A Personal PreacherHo...

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Written by David Murray
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:00

Inequality, Privilege, and the Upper Middle Class

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Inequality is one of the most entrenched, persistent and socially divisive problems in the modern West. Yet most of us misdiagnose the problem. We imagine that the issue lies with those much better off than us—the 1%, the super-rich, or whatever we call them—rather than with people like...

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Written by Andrew Wilson
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:30

Tempering Truth with Love

imageAn excerpt from Graciousness: Tempering Truth with Love by John Crotts.

Sometimes we have some important things to say to our Christian brothers and sisters, but the way we say it directly affects the way they receive our message. Sharing your message with harshness, a critical spirit, a...

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Written by David Murray
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:22

Defiant Prayer and the Image of God

Several people from my congregation spent the part of the day cooking and preparing a meal for fifty people experiencing homelessness here in Los Angeles. This is the second year that we have participated in this winter shelter which prepares meals and provides overnight housing in our area of the...

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Written by Nathan Eshelman
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:05

January 17: The First Book of Discipline [1561]

First Book of Discipline Approved by the General Assembly in Scotlandby Rev. David T. Myers

They had already proven their worth to the Scottish church. The infant Church of Scotland had a Confession of Faith summing up biblical doctrine, which had been authored by the famous “Six Johns”...

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Written by archivist
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:00

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Have Bible Quoters Replaced Bible Readers? “I’ve never really known how to identify the scope of the biblical illiteracy facing us until I read this past weekend a sentence that...

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Written by David Murray
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 14:00

Essential Elements of Young Earth Creationism and Their Importance to Christian Theology (Part 6)

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From DBSJ. This installment discusses the fifth and sixth of nine essentials of YEC. Read the series.

(5) Young Age

Creation was, in a word, recent. The universe is young relative to the standard scientific model. The earth, and all of creation, is on the order of 6,000 to 10,000 years old. We...

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Written by Matthew A. Postiff
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:14

Who is Babylon in the Book of Revelation? (4.39 minutes)

Authors: Craig Keener...

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Written by Craig Keener
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:13

A Parenting Shot In The Arm from Paul Tripp

Could anyone else out there use a parenting shot in the arm? If you’re anything like me you find yourself drifting away from the parenting principles you hold dear several times a day. In the morning, over coffee, you’re committed to honoring God and your children above yourself. And...

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Written by Jennifer Oshman
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 13:05

The Ice Returns Every Morning

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As I write this our city is enveloped in what feels like an evil cold. Sub-zero temperatures await me as I go out to my car for my commute. I know from experience that I need to allow some extra time to warm the car up. It’s also likely that the windows will be adorned with the glittering...

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Written by Erik Raymond
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:40

Martin Luther King and Robert E. Lee, and Why We Triggered You This MLK Day Featured

Why did you run a post telling people not to observe MLK Day because of his lack of Christian character and then post an article about the Christian character of Robert E Lee! Guffaw! [Insert accusation of racism here]. Why? Well, we were hoping for a response like this.

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No, we weren’t...

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Written by News Division
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 11:51

Hamilton Gardens – Stunningly Beautiful and full of Occult Symbolism

By Tony K January 2018 Hamilton Gardens is surely one of the most stunning public … Continue reading

Autho...

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Written by Tony Koretz
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 10:44

Question 3: Is it ok for a Christian investor to invest in a mutual fund with non-Christian stocks?

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***DISCLAIMER***The following is not an exhaustive post. Instead, it makes a best effort to answer the question.

Recently I was asked if it was ok to invest in a mutual fund that may have a few non-Christian stocks such as casinos, alcohol, cigarettes and pornography. Apparently, it is so hard, if...

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Written by Clint Adams
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 10:00

A Difficult Imagine

“Imagine trying to prove from the Bible that God wants rulers, especially Christian ones, to pretend that He doesn’t exist—to pretend in public that they don’t know Him” (Empires of Dirt, p. 123).

The post A Difficult Imagine appeared first on Blog & Mablog.

Authors:...

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Written by Douglas Wilson
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:10

Scheduled Downtime Tonight - Bellator Christi

Bluehost, Bellator Christi’s host, will be performing scheduled server maintenance on the website tonight.  The site may be down for periods of time this evening (January 16, 2018). No worries. It shouldn’t last long. Thank you for your continued support as we enter the arena of...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:08

Kenneth Copeland Ministries Ups Being a Scumonaut by Bragging About New G5 Jet Featured

imageIt was brought to our attention that Copeland “Ministries” or seed money laundering Inc. has a new G5 jet that they received “debt free” according to their YouTube video. If you are not familiar with the G5 jet, it is the Gulfstream G550 and is one of the most luxurious...

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Written by Richard Haas
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:00

John MacArthur eulogizes RC Sproul

– Episode 2206 –

John MacArthur eulogizes RC Sproul

Segment 1 (00:00) – Bullseyes and adiaphora

Segment 2 (10:34) – Dispensationalism and covenantalism

Segment 3 (18:01) – Protestants and Catholics

Wretched Surprise! (25:54) – RC Sproul’s Testimony

The post John...

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Written by samueljroys
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:36

SAL#66 In Chains For The Glory Of Christ | A Letter To The Philippians Featured

In Chains For The Glory Of Christ

In this next edition of our “Large Chunks Of Scripture” Series we look at the writings of Paul while he was shackled up in chains.  His perspective on the gospel, Christ and just life in general have a lot to teach us which its why many are so...

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Written by Adam Staub
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:26

John Piper on the Value of the Old Testament

You can read or listen to John Piper's comments on the value of the Old Testament for the Christian life here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:18

Richard Sibbes, The Art of Self-Humbling.3

Sibbes then provides six directions on how one is to obtain humility. In a nutshell, humility will flow from knowing who God is and who we are. The first direction is a summary of the rest, “First, Get poor spirits.” He then defines what is meant by a “poor spirit”,

[1]to see...

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Written by memoirandremains
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:06

Christian kids -- and their faith -- not 'SAFE' at school

At Vashon Island High School in the state of Washington, thanks to a student “queer” group’s advocacy, bathrooms are now open to all genders, and it’s certain this will not end well.

And yes – indoctrinated and misinformed student “change agents”...

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Written by Linda Harvey
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:04

What Does the Bible Say? – The Kingdom of God

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Authors: Pastor Ken Lawson...

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Written by Pastor Ken Lawson
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:00

Christianity’s View of Sin | The Rapp Report daily 048 | SFE | Andrew Rappaport Featured

This podcast evaluates Christianity view of Sin.

This podcast is a ministry of Striving for Eternity and all our resources http://strivingforeternity.org/

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Written by Andrew Rappaport